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HECS5182M Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories

15 creditsClass Size: 24

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Netalie Shloim

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry on to a health, psychology or humanities related postgraduate programme

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS2101Theory and Concepts of Counselling

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module is an introduction to the study of core psychological theories informing psychotherapeutic counselling practice.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an in depth critical awareness of psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic counselling theories in the therapeutic relationship.
2. Demonstrate in depth critical insight into intersubjective phenomena with reference to the therapeutic frame.
3. Demonstrate in depth critical awareness of models of therapeutic change.

Skills outcomes
Students will begin to experience how theoretical ideas and concepts in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and counselling might be processed into psychotherapeutic counselling practice. Key aspects of learning will be on the nature of the therapeutic relationship and its centrality within Psychotherapeutic Counselling.


Core Conditions
Relational theory
Developing insight & working through
Cognitive reframing
The Creative Change Cycle (Meekums, 1999)
Relational Depth
Conscious & Unconscious
Interpersonal dynamics

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning131.0013.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

2 hours research and reading per seminar = 32 hours
1 hour per seminar preparation = 16 hours
assignment preparation = 42 hours
literature searches = 10 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Prior reading and research reflected in group discussions.

Active participation in group exercises.

Feedback on formative presentation to peer group.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayTheoretical Essay 3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:37:17


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